GLENHAYES — The Chapmanville Regional High School baseball hadn’t played a game at Tolsia in years.
The Rebels have been a team without a home the last five years.
Tolsia lost its home baseball field at Fort Gay years back with the construction of the new Fort Gay Middle School.
Chapmanville knows the feeling of that.
The same thing happed to the Tigers in the mid-2000s as the old Ted Ellis Field was scrapped with the construction of the new Chapmanville Regional High School building, forcing Chapmanville to play a few “home” games at Logan and the rest on the road two two seasons.
Ever since losing its home diamond, Tolsia has played an all-away schedule.
But this year, the Rebels have an impressive brand new home baseball park next to the high school. The construction job was just recently completed.
Chapmanville played on the new Tolsia field for the first first time on Thursday night as the beat went for the Tigers as No. 1-ranked CRHS rolled over the Rebels 16-1.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Chapmanville led 2-1 after one inning, then scored five in the top of the second to take a 7-1 lead. The Tigers then exploded for nine runs in third third to make it 16-1.
Noah Dingess had a huge game for Chapmanville as he had four hits and seven RBI. Adam Vance and Jacob Dingess also had two hits and two RBI each for the Tigers.
Tolsia scored its only run in the bottom of the first as the Rebels had runners at the corners and the Tigers were unable to turn a double play.
CRHS swept the season series with Tolsia, also winning 21-1 in the March 22 opener at home.
Chapmanville returned to action on Friday night at home against Poca and were surprised by the Dots in a 12-2 loss.
The Tigers are 12-2 overall and 5-2 in the Cardinal Conference.
Freshman Conner Mullins pitched the win for the Tigers. He went all five innings and allowed just three hits while striking out 10.
The game was tied 1-1 after one inning but Poca was able to score seven in the top of the second to blow the game wide open.
The Tigers’ only other run was in the bottom of the second.
The Dots added four more in the top of the fifth and the game ended early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Poca outhit Chapmanville 9-5.
Berry had two hits for the Tigers.
Jacob Hill had four hits and three RBI to lead the Dots.
Jacob Dingess started on the hill for CRHS and struck out two. Josh Zigmond came on in relief. Brett Watts was the starting and winning pitcher for Poca. He fanned four.
CRHS was scheduled to play at doubleheader at Belfry (Ky.) on Saturday. The Tigers host Class AA regional and conference rival Sissonville on Monday in a 6 p.m. ballgame.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).